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Carolyn Wiley Second chances I grew up deep in the heart of Texas, in a family with an entrenched church-going tradition—not a meandering Methodist among us until I came along. There at the … more
Shelly Koyen Homeless Close to Home You see them standing on the corners, holding a sign that says, “Will work for food.” Sometimes you help, offering a little change, a $5 bill, some … more
Meredith Browand The 2016 general election is over. The votes were cast, counted and certified. It might seem that our job as citizens has come to an end. We researched candidates and issues, … more
Chad Beaver Teen depression is real Most of us get up every morning wanting to live life to the fullest; we give it all we’ve got and have expectations of how far we can go. The steps between … more
Frank Slater Good Wood For Good Heat I was at Lulu’s Homeport one recent morning when a local woodcutter walked through the door and proudly announced, “I sold over 100 cords of wood this … more
Jeff Minch The First Timer As an advocate for the responsible and ethical growth of the cannabis industry here in Washington, not to mention being a very curious person, you would think that I … more
Cathy Warner Beating the Winter Blues Five years ago on the winter solstice when my husband and I moved to Bainbridge Island from California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, our new neighbors, … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Now Is the Time  Time has a funny way about it. Moment by moment, it slips quietly by. Seasons and holidays return, whether we are ready for them or … more
Anne Nesbit Time to talk A documentary film exploring teen sexual assault, the role of social media and the impact of bullying from the perspective of the assailants and bullies was screened at … more
Rob Vajko Don’t Be So Surprised Dear Politicians, Pollsters and Pundits: Please stop telling us that you are “stunned” and “in shock.” Please stop telling us you can’t … more
Frank Slater Democracy First The slogan “Make America great again” raises the question: What made America great to begin with? The original settlers on our eastern shore were primarily … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh It’s Time to Grow Up, America We’ve become the equivalent of a middle school playground. You remember what it was like. Life was a popularity contest, … more
Rodika Tollefson What Pokémon GO Says About Us Despite our rural remoteness, the Key didn’t escape the Pokémon GO craze that swept the planet in July. As this augmented-reality (AR) mobile … more
Meredith Browand Voters in Washington State have an unparalleled opportunity this month to cast a ballot that will save lives. Passing Initiative 1491 would give family members and law enforcement … more
Dale Goodvin The Hogs Are in the Parlor Here in the Next Dimension, nothing is automatically accepted as truth, whatever its origin. In the very month we are asked to prove our patriotism by … more
Sue Surratt When the Ships Are Down Fall is in the air. It’s a time to slow down, recharge and reset our batteries. The same is true for Herron Island’s M/V Charlie Wells. The private … more
Rob Vajko It's about keeping, not making Presidential candidates make many promises. They promise to make America great again; they promise free health care or a free college education. They … more
Frank Slater First Principles Our Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with … more
Jeff Minch Jeff Minch Rubbing It In As summer comes to an end, so does my training routine. Since the beginning of May, I have been training for a 50K trail race coming up in October at … more
Carolyn Wiley Fifteen Years Later Party-time banter was just that, party-time banter. It was more than a decade after 9/11, and more years have gone by since, but impressions of that night … more
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